18 09 2009

Brother Thayappan and his family were very staunch Hindu People who have recently been blessed by the Lord. They were very strong devotees of Goddess Adhi Parasakthi and were practicing Hindu rites very sincerely and devotedly. Brother Thayappan lives with his family in Tambaram of Madras in South India. Here is his heart touching testimony as to how he had come to know of the Lord Jesus Christ, saved and blessed.  Not only he, his complete family ie. his wife, daughter and his younger son were also touched by the Lord by miracles and now the complete family attend the church in the full faith & they stand as a living mighty witness to glorify the name of the Heavenly Father,  His son-Lord Jesus christ and the Holy Spirit.  Praise the Lord.

Pastor D. Solomon Raja

It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has performed for me who was an unpardonable sinner and a most ardent idol worshipper for 58 years. The Lord touched me and my entire family through the sickness of my son Karthik, who was working as a Software Engineer in USA. Once Jesus disciples asked Jesus about a man blind from the birth, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind, Jesus Christ answered,  “Neither this man nor his parents. This happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life – (John 9:3)”. Similarly the Lord has chosen our family especially for His glory and to display His work. Psalmist says in Psalm 4:3 that the Lord has set apart the godly for Himself. Thus the Lord has set apart us for His glory and bestowed upon us innumerable and unimaginable miracles and wonders.

S. Thayappan


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Sukhdev Singh

28 05 2009

Sukhdev Singh is a Punjabi Christian attending New Creation Church in Singapore. He has been impacted by the love of Jesus Christ. The Lord has blessed him supernaturally through the abundance of grace given by the Lord Jesus. His greatest desire is to tell people about the loveliness of his Lord Jesus Christ. He is currently pursuing an Aerospace Degree Programme in Nanyang Technological University in Singapore as he has a strong passion for planes. He has wonderful parents that are an image of Christ to him and two beautiful sisters who have been ever-supportive of him all his life.
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The Hand Of The Lord Upon My Family

It all started in 2004 when a friend of mine invited me to New Creation Church. At first I was reluctant to go because I hated Christians. The reason being, they used to preach to me. Whenever I talked to them, they used to say that I was not in a relationship with the true and living God. Then I came to know this girl and was interested in her and to my surprise she was attending New Creation Church. I decided to go to church with her so that I could see her more often. As time went by, I fell in love with this girl and I got hooked to going church with her because I wanted see her more often.

Whenever the church service was going on, I used to shut my ears and tell myself how stupid this people can be to worship this man whom they think died for them. For about nine months I have been attending church and then suddenly came a bang. My girlfriend told me she was not interested in me anymore and I was hurt really deeply in my heart and that was the time I started looking for answers. I felt deeply rejected because I used to look at myself and say what is wrong with me.

At that time, I was also in Officer Cadet School and on top of the vigorous training, I was on the verge of breaking down. At that time my family was also going through problems (too may to count). Oh man I desperately needed help. I felt I needed to go back to church to listen to the Word of God. I was so desperate to find something to lift me up. I used to cry in my army bunk and ask myself what have I done to receive all this. Little did I know that the hand of the Lord was upon my life and he was drawing me towards Him.

Within a few weeks I accepted the Lord Jesus quietly without even telling my friend that invited me to church. I was so afraid of this decision but yet I know that I needed Jesus in my life. After a few days, I told him I had became a Christian and he was quite shocked. My life changed tremendously after that. I started going to church with him and I started growing in grace. All glory to Jesus Christ. His plan in our lives are perfect.

The bible declares that “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “ Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

As time went by I started lying to my parents that I was going to church. I did not have the courage to tell my parents that I had embraced Christianity because my parents were staunch Sikhs. But the Lord loves me so much that He built my courage within and strengthen me through the Word of God preached at New Creation Church.

About four months after accepting Jesus as my Savior, Master and Lord, I had this strong desire to tell my parents about my new found faith and the good news of our loving Savior Jesus Christ. At first, the persecution at home was intense because my parents were deeply devoted Sikhs. The persecution grew so bad that almost everyday I had a quarrels and arguments with my dad. But Jesus always reminded me of His everlasting love for me and my family. Lord thank you.

Then there came a breakthrough where things started to change. It changed so rapidly like a tsunami of blessings after blessings. My elder sister’s marriage failed within a year. She was in a state of depression after secretly going through verbal and physical abuse from her husband. There was one day she came back home was so broken that I told her to follow me to church and I remembered it was a Thursday and we had a weekday Bible Study. My mum seeing my sister in that state also decided to tag along. On that day, my sister and mum accepted the Lord. They said they have never been so loved in their life. Glory to Jesus. Your name forever be praised!!

Then came another tsunami of blessings when my bedridden grandmother accepted the Lord. After months of her receiving Christ, there came another wave. Wow!! so many waves of blessing. God always wants to so readily bless us. He can’t wait to bless us, His children.

I remember it was a Sunday and my mum managed to get my whole family, including my dad and younger sister to come to New Creation Church. I remembered that Pastor Lian was preaching that day and she was telling us a testimony about how this mother stood on the Word of God even though doctors have given up on her young son. My family were very touched by that testimony. Then just after the service we went to visit my bedridden grandmother as she was staying at my uncle’s place who is an unbeliever.

When we reached his place, there was no one there and we saw my grandmother breathing unusually. I decided to ask my mum to pray for her, but before even she could say a word she broke down and cried. So decided to pray for her and I remember telling her that Jesus loves her so much and the way is open for her to eternal freedom. I could see her face turning red and I knew Jesus was there just embracing her with his super abounding love.

The next day she went into the hospital and all my relatives visited her and the following day she passed away. The doctors said that medically she would have lived longer but she left earlier and my family knew it was Jesus who came to take her into freedom. I still remember that when she passed away, she looked as though she was sleeping and her body had this radiance and peace. When my family saw her body, we all broke down and cried because we knew it was a sign from Jesus telling us my grandmother was with him.

This series of events that had taken place brought my younger sister and my father to the Lord. Praise Jesus for everything. He showed His glory by bringing my whole family to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ within a short span of two months. Only Jesus can do that. I hope that this testimony would encourage many believers out there to trust God for the salvation of their families even though it’s been years or no matter how much a person can be religious but not have a living relationship with God. My family is an example of such a family whom Jesus has touched. We have become so deeply in love with Jesus. I give all glory to Jesus. No one is like you Jesus!

Anand Mahadevan

24 10 2008

I was born a Brahmin and am the grandson of a priest whom I dearly loved. I am educated and my current professional standing indicates that I am reasonably intelligent. I am also affluent and my income would put me distinctly in the upper middle class bracket. I guess that would make me high-caste, rich and smart. In other words, I am not a tribal, or poor or dim-witted. And yet, I chose to become a follower of Jesus Christ.

The world would call me a convert to Christianity. I have no problems with that, though I see my faith more as a relationship with God through Jesus Christ than as a religion. And for the record, I can truthfully claim that no one financially induced or threatened or deceived me into converting to Christianity.

I am fiercely proud of my national identity as an Indian and I am completely at peace with my cultural identity as a Hindu. I retain the name my parents gave me. My wife, who also shares my faith, continues to go by her Hindu name. We have two children and we have given both distinctly Hindu names. In fact, many of my colleagues and acquaintances who may happen to read this column are likely to be surprised. They have no inkling about my faith, for I generally don’t go about announcing it. But if someone does ask me the reason behind the joy and hope that is everpresent in my life, I am always delighted to share it with them.

I write this piece to make one point—that my conversion was not a change of religion but a change of heart. To explain this, I need to go back to my childhood in Chennai, similar to that of so many other Tamil Brahmin boys like me. My grandfather, every bit the virtuous priest, had enormous influence over me. I absolutely adored him and as a toddler, always clung to him. He too loved me to a fault. There was no wish of mine that he would not rush to fulfil. But even in my early, formative years I was unable to relate to the religion he fervently practiced. Later, in my school days, I once spent my summer holidays with him in Trichy. Memories of dawn walks with him, for the ritualistic dip in the Cauvery river, cow in tow, are still fresh in my memory. I learnt many shlokas, some of which I still remember. But I never understood any of it and none of it helped me connect with God.

When I was 19, a Christian friend with whom I used to play cricket invited me to his house for prayer. If he had invited me to a pub, or party, I would have gone too. At his home, he and his sister prayed for me. It was a simple yet delightful conversation with God that lasted all of five minutes. I don’t remember it verbatim, but they articulated a prayer of blessing on my life, future, career and family. It was a simple affair—no miracles, no angels visiting. All they did was utter a deep human cry out to the creator God and His only son Jesus Christ. When they said Amen, I felt in my heart a desire to follow Jesus.

It was a faith encounter with God that I shall not even attempt to understand, rationalise or explain. I simply accept it. It is my faith. It is what I choose to believe. That evening I did not change my religion, for in reality I had none. Hinduism was my identity, not my religion. It still is.

The Christianity I acquired that evening is not a religion. On the contrary, it is an intensely intimate relationship with Jesus. Over the past fifteen years, I have come to know this Jesus even closer. I know Him as the pure and sinless Son of a Holy God. And I know Him as a dear friend to whom I pray and talk to every day—about my career, my dreams, successes, failures, finances and even my sexuality.

If I read a good book, watch a good movie (Rock On is terrific, mate), or eat a good meal at a new restaurant, I would naturally tell my friends about it.In Jesus, I have discovered a truly amazing friend, guide, leader, saviour and God. How can I not tell all my friends about Him? And if anyone does listen and he too comes to believe in Jesus, I am delighted. The world would call it a conversion; I call it a change of heart, like mine.

But I would never force anyone to listen to me, leave alone financially induce, coerce or con him into believing. That to me is pointless and against the very grain of my faith. But I do have a constitutional right to practice my faith and to preach it without deception, force or bribery. It pains to see such basic rights of mankind being cruelly violated every day in this great Hindu nation.

God bless India.

(Anand Mahadevan is the editor of Outlook Business.)


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